Jonathan Huberdeau
Born June 4 1993 (1993-06-04) (age 27),
Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, Canada
6 ft 1 in (0 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Florida Panthers
Ntl. team Flag of Canada.png Canada
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2011
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2013–present

Jonathan Huberdeau (born June 4, 1993) is a Canadian ice hockey forward currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected third overall by the Panthers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Junior[edit | edit source]

Huberdeau played Midget AAA hockey with the Ste. Eustache Vikings of the Quebec Midget League. He led the league in scoring during the 2008–09 season. After his performance, he was drafted in the first round (18th overall) in the 2009 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Midget draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs. Huberdeau scored a goal in his first QMJHL game against the Acadie–Bathurst Titan.[1] Huberdeau was the leading scorer among 16-year-olds in the QMJHL for the 2009–10 season, and scored on all six of his shootout attempts.[1] In January 2010, Huberdeau was named the league's scholastic player of the month.[2] The Sea Dogs reached the QMJHL finals during Huberdeau's rookie season.[3]

Prior to the start of the 2010–11 season, Huberdeau was one of 33 prospects selected to attend the NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp in August. The prospects were invited to participate to try out potential rule changes the NHL was considering, and also to be briefed with information on security and professionalism to assist with their future careers in the public eye.[4]

Huberdeau was considered a solid prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at the start of the 2010–11 QMJHL season, and his strong play helped him move up the rankings. He scored 43 goals and added 62 assists in 67 games for the Sea Dogs.[3] At the end of the 2010–2011 season, NHL Central Scouting ranked him third among North American skaters, moving up one spot from the mid-season rankings.[3] Ahead of the NHL draft, Vityaz Chekhov made Huberdeau the fifth overall selection in the 2011 Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Junior Draft.[5] After being informed of his selection, Huberdeau said, "For sure, I don’t want to go there. I didn’t talk to anybody about that."[6]

The Sea Dogs captured the 2011 QMJHL championship and represented the league at the 2011 Memorial Cup. At the Memorial Cup tournament, the Sea Dogs earned a bye to the final game after victories in their first two round-robin games. In the final against the Mississauga Majors, Huberdeau recorded a goal and an assist, helping the Sea Dogs to a 3–1 victory. He was awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournament's Most Valuable Player,[7] and was named to the tournament's All-Star Team.[8]

Huberdeau was nominated for three QMJHL awards at the end of the season, including the Michel Briere Trophy for Most Valuable Player, the Mike Bossy Trophy as top professional prospect and the Paul Dumont Trophy as the league's personality of the year.[9] He did not win any of the awards – Sean Couturier was named MVP and top prospect, while Louis Leblanc captured the award for personality of the year. Huberdeau was named to the league's First All-Star Team.[10]

Professional[edit | edit source]

On September 20, 2011, playing in his second NHL pre-season game for the Florida Panthers, Huberdeau scored a goal against the Nashville Predators. He played five pre-season games with the Panthers, tallying three goals and one assist to lead the team in pre-season scoring before being sent back to Saint John on October 3.

Following the conclusion of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Huberdeau made the Panthers starting roster for the 2012–13 season. He scored his first NHL goal on January 19, 2013, against Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes on the second shift and first shot of his NHL career. Huberdeau would add two assists in the 5–1 victory to earn the first star of the game in his NHL debut. NHL regulations allowed the Panthers to keep Huberdeau in their lineup for a maximum of five games before they could either return him to his junior team or keep him in Florida. On January 28, 2013, after registering a goal and two assists in five games, the Panthers announced that the rookie would remain with the Panthers for the duration of the NHL season.[11]

As a result of his outstanding rookie season, Huberdeau won the 2013 Calder Memorial Trophy.

In the 2014–15 season, Huberdeau scored a career-best 15 goals and 39 assists (54 points) in 77 games played. After Florida's late-season acquisition of forward Jaromír Jágr from the New Jersey Devils, who was placed on Florida's top line alongside Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, Huberdeau recorded six goals and 15 assists (21 points) in 20 games played to finish the season.[12] Huberdeau's assists total (39) was the most for a Panther since Stephen Weiss in 2008–09. At the conclusion of the season, Huberdeau is set to become a restricted free agent.

On September 6th, 2016, the Florida Panthers continued their youth movement by locking up Huberdeau to a 6 year, 35.4 million dollar contract averaging 5.9 million per season. Panthers President of Hockey operations Dale Tallon spoke very highly of Huberdeau after the signing stating "Jonathan is a highly talented and dynamic player who is another important piece of our team's young core. In each of his last two seasons he has posted over 50 points and has developed into a key component of our team's offense." [13]

International play[edit | edit source]

Medal record

Huberdeau as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2012 Canada

Huberdeau's first experience with Hockey Canada came when he represented Team Quebec at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. He scored two goals and added a single assist in five games.[1] He represented Canada at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, recording three assists as Canada captured the gold medal.[1]

Huberdeau continued his international success by representing Canada in the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He posted one goal and four assists in Team Canada's 8-1 victory over Team Finland to open the tournament.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Huberdeau was raised in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec. Huberdeau's first language is French, and chose to attend Saint Malachy's Memorial High School in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada an English-speaking high school, to better prepare himself for the NHL.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 61 15 20 35 43 21 11 7 18 22
2010–11 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 67 43 62 105 88 19 16 14 30 16
2011–12 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 37 30 42 72 50 15 10 11 21 18
2012–13 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 30 16 29 45 48
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 48 14 17 31 18
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 69 9 19 28 37
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 79 15 39 54 38
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 76 20 39 59 43 6 1 2 3 10
2016-17 Florida Panthers NHL 31 10 16 26 13
NHL totals 303 68 130 198 149 6 1 2 3 10

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada U17 7th 5 2 1 3 4
2012 Canada WJC Bronze medal icon.svg 6 1 8 9 16
2013 Canada WJC 4th 6 3 6 9 4
2014 Canada WC 5th 8 1 4 5 2
Junior totals 17 6 15 21 24
Senior totals 8 1 4 5 2

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Award Year Ref
QMJHL First Team All-Star 2010–11 [10]
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2011 [14]
NHL All-Rookie Team 2012–13
Calder Memorial Trophy 2012–13

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jonathan Huberdeau. Saint John Sea Dogs. Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  2. National Men's Summer U-18 Team (pdf). Hockey Canada. Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Huberdeau, Jonathan. National Hockey League. Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  4. Sea Dogs, Rangers Head Prospect List. National Hockey League. Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  5. Sea Dogs' Huberdeau chosen fifth in KHL draft. The Sports Network (May 28, 2011). Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  6. Fitz-Gerald, Sean (May 29, 2011). Huberdeau scratching his head over KHL draft. The National Post. Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  7. Pyette, Ryan (May 29, 2011). Sea Dogs claim the Memorial Cup. Calgary Sun. Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  8. 2011 Mastercard Memorial Cup Individual Award Winners. Canadian Hockey League (May 29, 2011). Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  9. Morreale, Mike G. (March 22, 2011). QMJHL announces finalists for Golden Puck awards. National Hockey League. Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Beacon, Bill (April 7, 2011). Islanders, Rocket goalie among QMJHL award winners. The Guardian. Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  12. Olive, Jameson. "Jonathan Huberdeau confident about future after solid season for Panthers", FOX, May 2, 2015. Retrieved on May 30, 2015. 
  14. Memorial Cup All-Star Teams

External links[edit | edit source]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gabriel Landeskog
Winner of the Calder Trophy
Succeeded by
Nathan MacKinnon
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Quinton Howden
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Mike Matheson
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.